Mentor High Boys Basketball Coach Bob Krizancic does not believe in ducking punches.
He has entered his team in the Arby's Classic Tournament for the last three years so they can face the toughest teams in the country.
Similarly, Krizancic didn't just want his team to play in the Dunk 4 Diabetes Shootout Saturday night in North Canton. He wanted the Cardinals to face the toughest team possible -- nationally ranked Huntington Prep (W. Va.)
"When they asked me to play in this tournament the first thing I said is I'm not playing unless we play Huntington Prep," Krizancic told The Plain Dealer.
The Cardinals (13-3) competed the entire game, even leading by as many as 10 points in the third quarter, but the Express (21-2) kept it close and pulled ahead in the fourth quarter.
Mentor still had a chance to win in the final seconds of the game.
A 3-pointer from Conner Krizancic had cut Prep's lead to 60-59 with 90 seconds remaining.
They fouled Prep's Andrew Wiggins -- who led all scorers in the game with 28 points -- but he missed his shots.
However, when Mentor had the ball with eight seconds left and a 1-point deficit, the Express stripped the ball.
Wiggins was again fouled. This time he made his first shot and the clock ran out with the score 61-59.
Caleb Potter led the Cardinals with 15 points. Krizancic added 14 and Kade McClure -- who scored five straight in the first quarter to help give the Cards an early lead -- finished with 10.
Prep's Moses Kingsley, an Arkansas recruit, had 13 points, 12 rebounds and eight blocked shots, according to The Plain Dealer.